“Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on.”
Questlove has responded to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s comment that slaves at the White House “were well fed and had decent lodgings.”
“There is nothing more dangerous than a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery,” wrote the Roots drummer on Instagram yesterday (July 27).
“Slavery was inhumane. Slavery was sadistic. Slavery was uncomfortable. Slavery was unjust. Slavery was a nightmare. Slavery was a despicable act. Slavery is the pebble whose ripple in the river still resonates on and on and on and on. I’d like to think most of you have common sense.”
O’Reilly made the remark following Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, in which she said “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”